World #3 – U.S. airstrikes kill 62 al-Shabab terrorists in Somalia

Tuesday's World Events - December 18, 2018


1. For SOMALIA, give the following information:

  1. capital
  2. location/the countries that share its borders
  3. the religious breakdown of the population
  4. the type of government
  5. the chief of state (and head of government if different) If monarch or dictator, since what date has he/she ruled? – include name of heir apparent for monarch
  6. the population

Find the answers at the CIA World FactBook website. For each country, answers can be found under the “Geography” “People” and “Government” headings.

a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What was the purpose of the attacks on the terrorists?
c) Describe Al-Shabab’s activities in Somalia.
d) From paragraph 9: “The airstrikes, which also target a small presence of ISIS-linked fighters, have picked up dramatically since President Trump took office and approved expanded military operations in the country.”
What do you think of the increased U.S.-Somali airstrikes on al Shabaab? Explain your answer.